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Jessica Ennis - London 2012 OlympicsOK, so I know most of my requests for sponsorship have started “Never mind the Olympics, 2012 is my Year Without Beer!” but team GB are on fire right now! 29 medals so far including 14 gold medals. I not sure anyone expected us to be sitting 3rd in the medal table at any point in the games let alone this early. What an awesome achievement for GREAT BRITAIN!

On what has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday” Team GB started with two successive golds at Eton Dorney to cap the most successful Olympic rowing regatta for Great Britain. The day ended with the nation enjoying its best ever athletics session at a summer Games as three gold medals came in the space of just an hour.

Last night, Jessica Ennis was crowned Olympic heptathlon champion in front of an adoring home crowd, as a new British record carried her to gold. In one of the iconic moments of the London Games, the woman long anointed as the face of the Games fulfilled her destiny with a series of brilliant personal bests that left her rivals helpless.

Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic champion said about Ennis: “This is a phenomenal performance. After suffering the disappointment of missing Beijing through injury, she then comes back at a home Olympics to prove to everyone that she is the best. Not only that but that she can perform under incredible pressure and win gold. I am truly happy for her.”

I guess it goes show that with determination and commitment we can all achieve our goals.

Speaking of goals, I recently set myself a target of running 500 miles by the end of the year. For a ‘non-runner’ this was quite a daunting idea, but having started running just 7 weeks ago, this morning I hit 25% of this target and already run over 125 miles! This morning I also achieved my personal best time for a 5 mile run. I guess the success of Team GB must be rubbing off…

500 Miles - 25 percent complete

Year Without Beer

In this Olympic year, Team GB are celebrating some amazing achievements. Most celebrations tend to involve having a drink or two. I too have made a number of achievements this year, but as 2012 is my Year Without Beer, where I am spending all 366 days of this leap year alcohol free in an attempt to raise money for 2 charities that are both very close to my heart, my celebration toasts involve either freshly extracted juices or water!

If giving up all alcohol for a year isn’t enough of a challenge to make you dig deep and show your support, I also plan to run 500 miles! As part of my running challenge I am signed up to run a quarter marathon, 10 mile road race (Great South Run) and 8 mile off road challenge (The Grim Original).

If you want to show some love them please donate to my year without beer and give your support to one of these fantastic causes:

  • To donate to Cancer Research UK please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB66 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB66 £5″ will donate £5.
  • To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.